Ward 8 Newsletter - March 2023


With spring on its way it's the perfect time to learn more about the new green cart program rolling out this May. Read more about this new program later on in the newsletter. 

This months newsletter includes updates from Council related to a Downtown District Plan. Local updates include consultation around proposed changes on McKercher Dr and celebrating a Ward 8 winner at the Living in Harmony awards. 

I also want to wish all those celebrating Ramadan, a Ramadan Mubarak. 



Ward 8 Updates

Green cart rollout

The green carts have started to roll out! Most Ward 8 homes will see their green cart between March 27 and April 15. Green carts will also come with a kitchen pail and tips for how to use the bins. Collections will begin in May, so don't forget to check the schedule for your first pick-up.

Videos have been released about the program. Check out these short videos here

There are also lots of great pieces of information and FAQ at saskatoon.ca/greencart

McKercher Drive - Proposed Changes 

The City is reviewing options for access to Duncan Crescent from McKercher Drive.

A proposed traffic plan is being presented at an open house on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at École Cardinal Leger School (141 Campion Crescent). Information has been uploaded to the Engage Page to allow time to review before this meeting. A survey will also be open until April 28, 2023 to gauge neighbour feedback. 

The proposed changes include changing access to Duncan Cres, details about the traffic light at McKercher/Degeer, changes to the pedestrian crossing light at Mount Allison and enhanced pedestrian safety. 

Please take time to share your feedback on these proposed options. 

Brighton Art Installations

Two new public art pieces are coming to Brighton. An opportunity to meet artist Henry Lau was held last week.  

The two pieces are titled the Crane’s Dance and Autumn Flight and will be an exciting addition to the neighbourhood.

Rezoning Proposal in Brighton - Doran Cres

An application proposing to rezone select blocks within Brighton to accommodate the next phase of development has been received.    

Learn more about this proposal here. This item is scheduled to be before the April City Council Public Hearing Meeting.

Living in Harmony Awards

Congratulations to Stephanie Cole with Wildwood School. Stephanie is recognized for creating anti-racist and anti-oppressive groups in all schools she has taught in and as being the steady voice calling for action and recognition for people who are underrepresented or marginalized. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Living in Harmony awards recognize outstanding achievements in contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination in our community. They are presented annually on or around the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). Learn more at saskatoon.ca/LivingInHarmony.

City Council Meetings

Downtown District Plan 

The vision for a Downtown Event and Entertainment District (District) is anchored around a new event centre and a new or expanded convention centre, made more accessible through the future Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT). The development of a comprehensive plan aims to establish the District as a hub for entertainment and cultural activities, with vibrant public spaces that are welcoming and accessible to everyone.

This Plan will guide public realm design for streets, plazas and other public spaces. It will develop a complementary land use plan for surrounding properties, a plan for transportation network components and facilities, a plan for any required underground and surface utilities/upgrades, as well as any recommendations related to components which may impact, or be impacted by, funding, legislation or policy.

The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles are being presented for endorsement. Find the latest version here, with the full report available here

Project details continued to be updated on the dedicated website: saskatoon.ca/entertainmentdistrict

Additional reports of interest 

The full agendas can be found here: regular business and public hearing


What's happening in Ward 8!

Here are some other great things happening in Ward 8 soon or put on by members of our community.

  • The Spring/Summer Leisure Guide is now available. Click here to view the guide.
  • Purchase or renew your Zoo Season Pass before March 31 and you will automatically be entered to WIN an exclusive meet and greet with grizzly bears Mistaya and Koda!
  • The City of Saskatoon invites local emerging and established poets to submit poems for the Poetry Downtown project. The theme of the project is Kindness – acts of. Learn more here.
  • Keep up to date with City engagement events by visiting saskatoon.ca/engage.

Sarina Gersher
- Ward 8 Councillor